US 421 in Indiana
According to CITYPOPULATIONREVIEW.COM, US 421 is a US Highway in the US state of Indiana. The road forms a north-south route through the east and north of the state, passing through the city of Indianapolis. The route generally follows illogical roads and has many TOTSOs. Around Indianapolis, the road is routed via the highway network. The road is 400 kilometers long.
US 421 at Michigan City.
At Madison, US 421 in Kentucky joins Frankfort over the Ohio River and then continues north through southeast Indiana. This part of Indiana is hilly with quite a bit of wooded areas. After about 40 kilometers you cross the US 50 at Versailles. The road then veers northwest and after 25 miles, US 421 joins Interstate 74 at Greensburg. US 421 is then double-numbered as far as Indianapolis with I-74, 60 kilometers to the northwest.
Around Indianapolis, the road follows the beltway, Interstate 465, intersecting the city’s many radial roads, including I-69, I-70, US 31, US 36, US 40, and US 52. On the northwest side of the town turns off the road again and then follows a route northwest, via several TOTSOs and more or less following Interstate 65 at a distance. Around Monticello, the road is equally double-numbered with US 24 running east-west to Fort Wayne. Then US 421 turns north and continues straight for 100 miles through the fields north to Michigan City. On the way you first cross the US 30, the US 6 and the Indiana Toll Road. Shortly thereafter, US 421 ends at Interstate 94, the highway from Chicago to Detroit.
The northern end of US 421 at US 20 in Michigan City.
US 421 was added to the network in 1931, but then ran exclusively in North Carolina. During the 1930s and 1940s, US 421 was extended northwards, but did not enter Indiana until 1951, when the route was extended from Bedford, Kentucky, to Michigan City. The fact that the route was added later is also clearly visible on the route, the US 421 serves few major cities and is double-numbered with some Interstate Highways, typical of later US Highways because the major cities are already served by the first series of US Highways.
Between 2010 and 2014, the Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River was replaced by a new bridge. The old bridge was in poor condition and has been demolished. The new bridge was opened on June 3, 2013 on temporary bridge piers and was slid into place on April 9-10, 2014.
The road has about 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles between Madison and Greensburg and increasing to 39,000 vehicles for Indianapolis on I-74 and 91,000 to 157,000 vehicles on the Indianapolis ring road. The rest of the route processes between 2,000 and 4,000 vehicles, with a few peaks to 7,000 on double numberings and at towns.
US 50 in Indiana
According to ASK4BEAUTY, US 50 is a US Highway in the US state of Indiana. The road forms an east-west route through the south of the state, from the Illinois border at Vincennes through Bedford and Seymour to the Ohio border at Lawrenceburg. The road forms a secondary route from St. Louis to Cincinnati. The road is 275 kilometers long.
Near the town of Vincennes, US 50 crosses the Wabash River in Illinois and is a 2×2 lane highway. On the east side of Vincennes, the road is equally double – numbered with US 41. Then US 50 turns off, along with US 150. Both routes are then more than 60 kilometers double numbered. The first 25 kilometers is still developed as a 2×2 divided highway, after Washington the road becomes a single carriageway.
A little further on you cross the US 231. Shortly after, US 150 exits toward Louisville. US 50 then passes through a wooded and hilly area, the Hoosier National Forest. The road here also bends a bit to the northeast and then passes by Bedford. The road then takes about 65 kilometers to Seymour, first through wooded and hilly area, later through flatter meadows. Just after Seymour, you cross Interstate 65 and then US 31, which runs parallel to I-65. After that, the road begins a 130-kilometer route to Cincinnati. This part of Indiana is undulating with occasional forests. In Versailles you cross the US 421. To the east one enters the Ohio River valley and the area becomes more hilly. US 50 has 2×2 lanes here and crosses the Ohio border past Lawrenceburg. US 50 in Ohio then continues to Cincinnati.
US 50 was created in 1926. The route has not changed substantially in Indiana since then. The route does not connect major cities, there is no Interstate Highway parallel to it, and the road is mostly single-lane. Only around Vincennes a freeway was built in the 1960s. The section between Vincennes and Washington has also been constructed as a four-lane road, as well as the section in the extreme east of Indiana, which lies in the Cincinnati area of influence.
About 6,000 vehicles cross the Illinois border every day, increasing to 18,000 on the double numbering with US 41. After that, 8,000 vehicles drive on until the split of US 50 and US 150. Towards Bedford 3,000 vehicles and 4,000 to 12,000 to Seymour. 4,000 vehicles drive eastward, rising to 12,000 vehicles for the Ohio border.